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This outlines how to propose a change to osfr.

Development environment

To get started with osfr development you’ll need to generate a personal access token (PAT) on OSF’s testing server. The following steps will get you setup:

  1. Create an account on

  2. Generate a PAT for the new account with all permission scopes enabled (this is necessary to run osfr’s unit tests). (Under “Settings”->Personal access token)

  3. Fork the osfr repository and clone a local copy.

  4. Create a .Renviron file in the root of your project directory that defines the OSF_PAT and OSF_SERVER environment variables. You can easily create or edit an existing .Renviron file by running usethis::edit_r_environ(scope = "project"). The end result should look like this:

  5. Restart R to load your .Renviron file or use readRneviron(".Renviron"). Then load your local copy of osfr with devtools::load_all() and verify that osf_open(osf_retrieve_user("me")) opens your user profile on the domain.

Once this is setup correctly, you should be able to run osfr’s tests without error (devtools::test()).

You can also enable logging by defining OSF_LOG to point to a logfile. For example:


This will log all API requests to osfr.log for inspection.

Fixing typos

Small typos or grammatical errors in documentation may be edited directly using the GitHub web interface, so long as the changes are made in the source file.

  • YES: you edit a roxygen comment in a .R file below R/.
  • NO: you edit an .Rd file below man/.


Before you make a substantial pull request, you should always file an issue and make sure someone from the team agrees that it’s a problem. If you’ve found a bug, create an associated issue and illustrate the bug with a minimal reprex.

Pull request process

  • We recommend that you create a Git branch for each pull request (PR).
  • Look at the Travis and AppVeyor build status before and after making changes. The README should contain badges for any continuous integration services used by the package.
  • New code should follow the tidyverse style guide. You can use the styler package to apply these styles, but please don’t restyle code that has nothing to do with your PR.
  • We use roxygen2, with Markdown syntax, for documentation.
  • We use testthat. Contributions with test cases included are easier to accept.
  • For user-facing changes, add a bullet to the top of below the current development version header describing the changes made followed by your GitHub username, and links to relevant issue(s)/PR(s).

Using the included Makefile

Run make docs to: * rebuild from README.Rmd * regenerate the precomputed vignette getting_started.Rmd from getting_started.Rmd.orig * rebuild the vignettes * rebuild package documentation

Run make to * perform all of the documentation steps noted above * build the package * check the package as CRAN but without running tests (this is temporary until mock tests are implemented)


  • make clean to remove build/check files
  • make test to run unit tests
  • make check to run R CMD check on the package
  • make revdep to run reverse dependency checks
  • make tag to tag the last git commit with the current version